FESTIVAL—September 20-22, 2019

Outdoor Artist Market Application

Indoor Artist Patron Exhibition Application — EXTENDED

Food Vendor Application

FESTIVAL 2019 Weekend | September 20-22, 2019

Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm

FREE and Open to the Public

A Taste of Dalton: FESTIVAL Preview Party | September 20th, 2019

Friday, 7pm-9pm - Ticketed Evening Event

The Creative Arts Guild’s 56th Annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts weekend will be held September 20th - 22nd, 2019 on the Guild’s campus at 520 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720. 

The Creative Arts Guild is Georgia’s oldest multidisciplinary community arts center. We will celebrate our 56th anniversary in 2019. The Creative Arts Guild is located in northwest Georgia, approximately 20 miles south of Chattanooga TN and 70 miles north of Atlanta. 

FESTIVAL 2019 includes:

Indoor Patron Exhibit - a juried exhibit that spans the entirety of the Creative Art Guild's three galleries: Gallery Five20, Gallery One11, and Jonas Hall and is open to artists over the age of 18 working in all mediums. This work will remain up through October 18th!

Outdoor Artist Market - featuring regional artists with booths full of artistic creations and treasures.

Live Music - performed by regional bands all day with new music every hour on the hour

Kids' activities and performances in our new multicultural Children's Hill area - highlighting various countries - each with arts projects and activities that reflect the countries' culture. Kids will receive a passport before they travel from booth to booth (or country to country) and once they complete the activities at each tent, they will get a stamp in their passport commemorating their visit to that country. Children's Hill also will house a Children's Art Market - just for kids - no parents or adults allowed - allowing kids to select an art piece that speaks to them in some way - planting a seed for a lifetime of arts appreciation as well as a collaborative arts project, a reading and multi-cultural storytime booth supported by Dalton-Whitfield County Library, games, and RTW Sculpture Garden scavenger hunt and a booth supported by Home Depot where kids can create a seedling starter. 

Bike Parade - Bring your bicycle to the Creative Arts Guild at 9:00am on Saturday, September 20, decorated in whatever fashion you like (or decorate it on-site). Then join the parade leaving the Guild to ride through Downtown Dalton on a short predetermined and safe parade route. There will be chalk puddles to “splash” through and lots of laughter as the procession winds its way back to the FESTIVAL grounds - making our mark and a visual invitation for all to come to FESTIVAL and join our weekend of festivities. All ages welcome! Find out more or interested in volunteering: Savannah Thomas at or 706.279.3129.

Self-guided tours of the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden 

Unique food trucks and vendors throughout the weekend.

2018 Indoor Exhibiting Artists

2018 Outdoor Artist Booths

2018 Live Performances

A shuttle will be provided for overflow parking:

between the Guild and First Baptist Church on Saturday and between the Guild and the Library and Senior Center on Sunday. 

FESTIVAL is open to the public and admission is free. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the power of the arts in our community!




A Taste of Dalton: FESTIVAL Preview Party | September 20th, 2019

Friday 7pm-9pm - Ticketed Evening Event

Our Taste of Dalton: FESTIVAL Preview Party will feature favorite area restaurants throughout our campus offering delicious samples for you and your friends to enjoy as you receive first viewing (and purchasing!) options during our exciting FESTIVAL weekend. Your ticket will also include beverages of your choice at one of our many bars serving wine, craft beer, tea, soda, and water. This event celebrates the opening of FESTIVAL weekend and is the best opportunity to view and purchase artworks from the FESTIVAL 2019 Indoor Patron Exhibit and the Outdoor Fine Arts and Crafts Market. It is also the perfect time to meet and mingle with FESTIVAL artists, volunteers, and patrons.  A shuttle between the Guild and First Baptist Church will be provided for overflow parking.


2018 Participating Restaurants, Breweries and Businesses 

Baja Coop, Cafe' OstroCherokee Brewing and Pizza Co., Cyra's, Dalton Brewing Co., Dalton Golf/Country Club, Dos Bros, Emery Street MarketThe Farm, The Filling Station, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, La Esperanza Bakery, Las Palmas, Love Empanadas, Raspberry Row, Sol de Mayo, Stadium BBQWalnut Hill Farm


Thank you to our FESTIVAL 2018 Sponsors 

Sustaining Partners: Jeanne Burr, Textile Rubber & Chemical Company, Marketing Alliance Group, Ken and Myra White, Barrett Properties, Norris and Billie Little, Cindy Michaels, Bob and Dottie Shaw, STEARNS & WEST, Gregg and Sandra Sims, Bill and Linda Blackman, David and Cindy McCreery, Christopher and Amanda Brown, Jerry Henderson, John and Cynthia Wilson, David and Pauline Aft

Michelangelo Level Sponsors: City of Dalton, Marketing Alliance Group, Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Textile Rubber & Chemical Company, Ken and Myra White

 Van Gogh Level Sponsors: Jack Bandy, Engineered Floors, LLC, O.N. Jonas Foundation, Dr. Frank Patterson, Wells Fargo

 Renoir Level Sponsors: Wayne and Judy Alderman, Dalton Carstar North and South, Dalton Plastic Surgery, Dalton Utilities/Optilink, Oliver and Mazie Morris, Mr. Real Estate, John and Agnes Richmond, George and Rhenda Spence
Picasso Level Sponsors: 
BB & T Bank, BB & T Investments – Joel and Kimberly Theis, Trisha and Jim Bethel, Rob and Melissa Bradham, Celeste Creswell, clark, davies, easely & pool, Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty, Julie and Rob Cowan, Dave and Pauli's Art Emporium, First Bank of Dalton, First National Community Bank, Cristine Goldberg, Jerry Henderson, Jolly Textile Sales, Just Christi, Marvin and Joanne Lewis, Dr. Stewart Little /Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Center, David and Cindy McCreery, The Minor Firm, Mohawk Commercial Product Development Team, North Georgia Urology Center, Tate and Katie O'Gwin, Peds Care, P.C., David and Mary Julian Renz, Steve and Cathy Snyder, Snipes Orthodontics, Value Carpets, John and Cynthia Wilson
Additional Sponsors: 
Tim and Cheryl Baucom, The Pine Needle, Willis Funeral Home, Daily Citizen News, Dalton Parks and Recreation Dept., Dalton Public Works, Food City, Honey Baked Ham, Krispy Kreme, Kroger - Glenwood, Kroger - Walnut Ave.,  Oakwood Café, Reddy Ice, Rent-A-Center, Starbucks - Glenwood Ave, Whitco Produce